Anthony Tan's Velo Files



Velo Files: Of Moment & Circumstance...

02 March 2015 | 14:00 - By Anthony Tan

The Classics season is just two races in but has already told us plenty. Writes Anthony Tan, what happened this past weekend is a portent of things to come this European Spring.

Putting Etixx-Quick-Step to the sword... Ian Stannard of Team Sky (L), despite being outnumbered three-to-one at Het Nieuwsblad last Saturday, provided a masterclass in power and tactics. (AFP)

Putting Etixx-Quick-Step to the sword... Ian Stannard of Team Sky (L), despite being outnumbered three-to-one at Het Nieuwsblad last Saturday, provided a masterclass in power and tactics. (AFP)

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Velo Files: A Watershed Moment

27 February 2015 | 23:00 - By Anthony Tan

In the same vein that the USADA dossier was a watershed moment, the UCI's request to withdraw the WorldTour licence of the Astana Pro Team, should it be carried out, is equally groundbreaking. However, the job of its president is far from complete, writes Anthony Tan.

Greed is bad... Did Vincenzo Nibali place ethics aside when he signed with the Astana cycling team?

Greed is bad... Did Vincenzo Nibali place ethics aside when he signed with the Astana cycling team?

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Velo Files: Sky Vs. Sky

23 February 2015 | 18:00 - By Anthony Tan

Rather than reminisce about one of his favourite 1980s Australian pub rock bands, Anthony Tan borrows its name to describe an increasingly familiar modus operandi when it comes to the stage race milieu in professional road cycling.

Skylike... A phalanx of Tinkoff-Saxo riders set the pace during the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia. (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Skylike... A phalanx of Tinkoff-Saxo riders set the pace during the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia. (Tinkoff-Saxo)

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Velo Files: Square Pegs & Round Holes

20 February 2015 | 13:30 - By Anthony Tan

There's few things worse than doing a job you're told to do, despite your capability or desire being amiss, writes Anthony Tan.

One a fit, one a misfit...

One a fit, one a misfit... "I never was a bunch sprinter - and I kind of said that when I was going there." (AFP/Mark Gunter)

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Velo Files: All In The Timing...

25 January 2015 | 21:00 - By Anthony Tan

This year's Santos Tour Down Under has seen its share of superhuman feats, but if the final stage told us anything, it's that sometimes less is more, writes Anthony Tan from Adelaide, South Australia.

Rohan Dennis could've been crowned a winner on Saturday... (AFP/ Mark Gunter)

Rohan Dennis could've been crowned a winner on Saturday... (AFP/ Mark Gunter)

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Velo Files: Did He Jump Or Was He Pushed?

24 January 2015 | 19:00 - By Anthony Tan

Cadel Evans' decision to hang up his wheels was not as clear cut as one might have imagined, writes Anthony Tan from Willunga Hill, South Australia, following the fifth stage of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Evans:

Evans: "I wasn't really a consideration for that sort of position." (Getty)

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Velo Files: The Book Of Sky

23 January 2015 | 16:30 - By Anthony Tan

It worked a treat for two years with unabashed success in stage races; for one reason or another, it's stopped working. Depending on how events unfold at the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under, it may be time to rewrite the manual from the Book of Sky, writes Anthony Tan from Mount Barker, South Australia.

Too early? Richie Porte attacks on the lower slopes of the Paracombe climb, on Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under. (AFP/Mark Gunter)

Too early? Richie Porte attacks on the lower slopes of the Paracombe climb, on Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under. (AFP/Mark Gunter)

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Velo Files: The Queen Stage

22 January 2015 | 17:00 - By Anthony Tan

Have we just seen our overall race winner? Atop Paracombe, Anthony Tan relives what he believes will be the defining stage of this year's Santos Tour Down Under.

King of the queen stage... Rohan Dennis. (AFP/Mark Gunter)

King of the queen stage... Rohan Dennis. (AFP/Mark Gunter)

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